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Friday, May 2 - Thursday, May 8

Lars von Trier's
Medea

Created for Danish television in 1988, MEDEA is an updated version of the classic Greek drama about the jealousy and deep sorrow of an abandoned wife and mother and the hatred that ensues. Director Lars von Trier uses the North Sea marshes and a less defined Nordic past as a setting for this immortal drama. Known for his dramatic use of non-traditional lighting and color, von Trier creates a world of mythic realism. Aside from two brief, delirious blue screen video epiphanies, von Trier subordinates his baroque, stylized signature to the simplicity and purity of Dreyer's conception. The resulting tension and narrative economy confirms von Trier as one of the most exciting talents in world cinema. The film won the Jean d'Arcy prize in France. Starring Udo Kier and Directed by Lars von Trier. Color. 75mins. Digital Video. Denmark. 1988. In Danish with English subtitles. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:15, 8:00 & 9:30. Additional Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.


Friday, May 9 - Thursday May 15

WORLD PREMIERE

Forbidden Photographs
The Life and Work of Charles Gatewood

An eye-opening journey through American subcultures and their fascinating rites and rituals. FORBIDDEN PHOTOGRAPHS focuses on award-winning photographer and anthropologist Charles Gatewood (from San Francisco), who has spent the past 37 years observing, documenting, and authoring books on the American underground. Gatewood's work comes alive on the screen: images from SIDETRIPPING (with William S. Burroughs), BADLANDS, TRUE BLOOD, PRIMITIVES, etc., clearly illustrate wy Charles Gatewood is the premier documentarian of bizarre human subjects and their extreme behavior. The film follows Gatewood from wild fetish parties in New York City to San Francisco's infamous Folsom Street Fair, into the artistic lunacy of Nevada's Burning Man celebration, to the secret worlds of outlaw bikers, S/M dungeon players, goths, vampires, and enthusiasts of radical body modification. Narrated by behavioral psychologist Dr. Daniel Lapin, and by Gatewood and the subjects themselves, FORBIDDEN PHOTOGRAPHS puts the extreme subject matter in historical perspective, showing various forms of Sadomasochistic excess have entered and altered mainstream culture. Directed by Bill Macdonald. Color. 90 mins.2001. Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 & 10:00. Additional Wed, Sat. & Sun matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.

"Four Stars! Fascinating! Gatewood has no equal when it comes to experience with the underground. -- Film Threat

"The gentrification of alternative sex" -- SF Chronicle


Friday, May 16 - Thursday, May 22

Waiting For Happiness
Nightly at 6pm and 8pm. Additional wed/sat/sun bargain matinees at 2pm
and

Forbidden Photographs
Nightly at at 10pm. Additional wed/sat/sun bargain matinees at 4pm

Waiting For Happiness

Seventeen-year-old Abdallah visits his mother before emigrating to Europe. Unable to speak the local language, the melancholic young man finds himself a stranger in his native country. Traditional colorful fabrics interest him less than the latest European fashions. He shies away from village customs and festivities, yet Abdallah observes this touching universe so unknown to him: the sensual young woman Nana's sorrows; a Chinese immigranT's romantic karaoke; an old handyman Maata's frustration with faulty electrical hook-ups, and the orphaned young boy Khatra, with his wide-eyed curiosity and natural ability to evoke hope and tenderness. Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. Color. 95mins. 35mm. France/Mauritania 2002. In French & Hassaniya with English subtitles. Unrated. Nightly at 6:00 & 8:00. Additional Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00.

If you see only a single African film in your life, make it this one.
-- B. Ruby Rich, SF Bay Guardian

ALSO SHOWING 5/16 - 22

Forbidden Photographs
The Life and Work of Charles Gatewood

An eye-opening journey through American subcultures and their fascinating rites and rituals. FORBIDDEN PHOTOGRAPHS focuses on award-winning photographer and anthropologist Charles Gatewood (from San Francisco), who has spent the past 37 years observing, documenting, and authoring books on the American underground. Gatewood's work comes alive on the screen: images from SIDETRIPPING (with William S. Burroughs), BADLANDS, TRUE BLOOD, PRIMITIVES, etc., clearly illustrate wy Charles Gatewood is the premier documentarian of bizarre human subjects and their extreme behavior. The film follows Gatewood from wild fetish parties in New York City to San Francisco's infamous Folsom Street Fair, into the artistic lunacy of Nevada's Burning Man celebration, to the secret worlds of outlaw bikers, S/M dungeon players, goths, vampires, and enthusiasts of radical body modification. Narrated by behavioral psychologist Dr. Daniel Lapin, and by Gatewood and the subjects themselves, FORBIDDEN PHOTOGRAPHS puts the extreme subject matter in historical perspective, showing various forms of Sadomasochistic excess have entered and altered mainstream culture. Directed by Bill Macdonald. Color. 90 mins.2001. Showtimes: Nightly at 10:00. Additional Wed, Sat. & Sun matinees at 4:00.

"Four Stars! Fascinating! Gatewood has no equal when it comes to experience with the underground. -- Film Threat

"The gentrification of alternative sex" -- SF Chronicle


Friday & Saturday, May 23 & 24

Sex Workers Film Festival




















From artists' models to muses, from hetaira to geishas, sex workers have been vital participants in arts communities through the centuries. Despite their influence on the arts and culture, polite societies rarely acknowledge the contributions of the demimonde who have also been painters and poets themselves. Lately a growing number are working in contemporary media, film and video, chronicling contemporary sexual mores with a vision that penetrates our hypocrisies.

Films and videos will focus on sex; prostitutes' rights; organizing efforts and working conditions for strippers; more sex; global sex work and sex work as a labor issue on the international agenda; sex workers as heroes and heroines; sex workers as saints; sex workers as jerks and perverts; sex work and gender identities; queer sex workers; sex education; sex art; sex panic; sexual orientation; sexual identity; porn and erotica; portraits of strippers, prostitutes, doms, madams and much more. For more info, plunge into bayswan.org . Showtimes: Showtimes: Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm & Midnight.


Sunday, May 25

The Girl Next Door

An intimate and humanizing look into the rise to fame of adult film superstar Stacy Valentine. The wheels were set in motion when Stacy's then-husband, to satisfy his own sexual fantasy, urged his Oklahoma housewife, Stacy Baker, to submit her photograph to Gallery Magazine's amateur pictorial competition, voyeuristically named, "The Girl Next Door." Easily winning this contest, Stacy was soon gracing the cover of Hustler magazine and accepting offers to perform in X-rated films. In 1995, she arrived in Los Angeles as Stacy Valentine. Since then, Stacy has appeared in more than 50 adult films. Acclaimed PBS filmmaker Christine Fugate's interest in exploring pornography through the eyes of a woman led her to the newly named Stacy Valentine. Over time, the two developed a trusting bond; and it was this trust which resulted in extensive behind-the-scenes footage revealing the complexity of Stacy's business and personal life. The Girl Next Door is the conflicting story between Stacy Baker and the world of pornography, and Stacy Valentine and her desire for true love. Stacy allows us to experience the exotic world of pornography through the eyes of a former housewife from Oklahoma. 82minutes. 16mm. Showtimes: (2:00), 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, & 10:00


Monday, May 26

Conversation With A Devil

"Conversation with a Devil" is a movie about a day in the life of the well known Bay-Area rap artist Andre Nickatina.Directed by Andre Nickatina. Showtimes: 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 pm


Tuesday & Wednesday May 27 & 28

Deep Throat

Deep Throat (1972) is the touchstone adult film. The first ever porn film to earn over $1 million at the box office and legitimize adult entertainment as mainstream and profitable. With Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Dolly Sharp Directed by Gerald Damiano. Rated X, 61 minutes. Tuesday showtimes: 6:00, 8:00 and 9:30pm Wed showtimes: (2:00), 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 9:30


Thursday, May 29

Beat This Double Bill
KEROUAC with BURROUGHS THE MOVIE

Kerouac

"It's like being in the car with Kerouac and Neal Cassady as the pair barrelled back and forth across the country." - Denver Post. This critically acclaimed film by John Antonelli combines documentary material and dramatic recreations to capture the life and times of Jack Kerouac, the legendary writer who embodied the spirit of the Beat Generation with such novels as "On the Road". Antonelli's film includes rare film and television clips of Kerouac reading his work, as well as interviews with Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and other friends and colleagues. Directed by John Antonelli. Showtimes: 8:00pm ONLY.
Q & A with John Antonelli and Editor Will Parrinello follows the screening.

Burroughs The Movie

"The quality of discovery about "Burroughs" is very much the director's doing and Howard Brookner demonstrates an unusual degree of liveliness and curiosity about his subject." Janet Maslin, New York Times. An excellent biographical film on William Burroughs and is filled with all kinds of interviews taking the viewer back to Burroughs' childhood. Meet his brother and listen in on a conversation between Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr and William Burroughs. Allen and William both talk about Joan Burroughs' shooting death. Also featured are Herbert Huncke, Brion Gysin and Terry Southern. Includes readings from Place of Dead Roads, Cities of the Red Night, Naked Lunch, Nova Express and The Wild Boys. Directed by Howard Brookner. Showtimes: 6:20pm & 9:40pm


Opening Friday May 30

World Theatrical Premiere

WiseGirls

At Santolino's Restaurant, there's something even scarier than undercooked scampi on the menu.murder! Raychel (Mariah Carey), Meg (Mira Sorvino) and Kate (Melora Walters) are three waitresses who forge an unbreakable friendship when they find themselves involved in organized crime. Through back room deals at the "family-run" Italian restaurant, the women discover that survival is going to depend on much more than just service with a smile! Directed by by David Anspaugh Starring Mira Sorvino, Mariah Carey, and Melora Walters USA. 35mm. Color. 96 mins. Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm with Wed/Sat/Sun Matinees at (2:00) and 4:00 pm

"Odd, entertaining and authentic " -- Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle

"Truly a woman's gangster movie." -- Jeffrey Anderson, SF Examiner


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